Dr. Ed de Steiguer holds a B.B.A. in economics (Lamar University), Masters in Forestry (Stephen F. Austin State University) and Ph.D. in forestry economics and policy (Texas A&M University). He has served as a research economist and policy analyst with the USDA Forest Service (1981-1998) and is currently a professor of natural resource economics and policy at the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment (1998-present). He also currently holds joint appointments in the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics and in American Indian Studies, both at the University of Arizona. Dr. de Steiguer has also held regular or affiliate faculty appointments at Texas A&M University, North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the School of Rural Engineering, Waters and Forest at Nancy, France. From 1992 to 1998 he was Deputy Program Manager of the USDA Forest Service’s Southern Global Change Program. In 2001, he was a fellow at the Udall Center for Studies of Public Policy, University of Arizona, where he studied cost-benefit analysis of global climate change impacts. In 2003-2005, he was co-principal investigator on a NASA grant to examine carbon sequestration potential on state trust rangelands in southern Arizona.
Dr. de Steiguer currently teaches RNR 480/580 – “Natural Resources Policy and Law,” RNR 485/585 – “Natural Resources Economics and Planning,” and RNR 496m/596m – “Environmental and Natural Resource Themes in Popular Cinema.” He is the author of more than 100 scientific and technical publications dealing with natural resources and the environment. He has authored three books. His latest is titled, Wild Horses of the West, the History and Politic of America’s Mustangs (University of Arizona Press). He has recently made invited presentations on carbon offset trading on semi-arid lands of the southwestern U.S. to: 1) the 23rd Annual (2009) University of Arizona AgriBusiness Forum in Mesa, AZ; 2) the Agriculture and Clean Energy Summit sponsored by American Farmland Trust (September 15, 2009; Las Cruces, New Mexico); and 3) the University of Arizona Annual Cooperative Extension Meeting (May 19, 2010) Tucson, AZ. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Research Ranch Foundation of the National Audubon Society (located at Elgin, Arizona), were he actively participates in research related to, among other things, the impact of climate change on semi-arid rangelands. Dr. de Steiguer’s current research includes serving as economist on an interdisciplinary research project titled: “Sweet Sorghum Alternative Fuel and Feed Pilot Project,” (U.S. DOE). Also, he currently serves as economist on the research project “ARID Algae Research Integrated Design” (Petro Sun, Inc. of Tempe, AZ) which explores the production of algae oil in the southwestern U.S.